Toadzilla: Australian rangers think they've found the biggest toad in the world!

Cape Conway, Australia - An enormous toad, heavier than some human newborns, has been discovered by Australian rangers.

An enormous cane toad, heavier than some human newborns, has been discovered by Australian rangers.
An enormous cane toad, heavier than some human newborns, has been discovered by Australian rangers.  © Queensland Government, Department of Environment and Science

The giant cane toad was found by rangers in Queensland's Conway National Park and weighed in at 5.9 pounds, a possible animal world record.

The Guinness World Records said the average cane toad weighs one pound.

The current record holder is a toad found in Sweden in 1991 which weighted 5.84 pounds.

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Queensland ranger Kylee Gray said a snake slithering across the track forced them to stop their vehicle.

When she stepped out and looked down, she gasped when she saw the monster cane toad.

"I reached down and grabbed the cane toad and couldn't believe how big and heavy it was," Gray said in a statement posted by Queensland Environment on Friday.

"We dubbed it Toadzilla, and quickly put it into a container so we could remove it from the wild."

"A cane toad that size will eat anything it can fit into its mouth, and that includes insects, reptiles and small mammals."

The animal is believed to be a female, with the Queensland Museum interested in preserving the specimen.

Introduced to Australian in 1935 to control the cane beetle in sugar cane fields in north Queensland, the poisonous amphibians are considered a pest in the country.

Cover photo: Queensland Government, Department of Environment and Science

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